Eyelid surgery is a procedure at Graper Cosmetic Surgery that many Charlotte, NC residents seek out to reverse the effects of aging eyes. As we age, the skin around our eyes begins to thin, and our upper eyelids can recede or enlarge, creating a more prominent appearance for our eye bones. In addition, our brows can enlarge, creating an overall hollow appearance for the eyes.
Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery can correct many of the most common problems associated with aging eyes, and rejuvenate the overall look of the brow, eyelid, and eye region. Reasons that people seek out eyelid surgery include:
- Eyelids have developed flaps or excess skin
- Eyelids are beginning to impair vision
- Puffy eyelids
- Wrinkling of the lower eyelids
- Dark circles under the eyes (unrelated to sleep deprivation)
- Drooping eyes where the whites are visible under the iris
What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery
Following eyelid surgery, there is a recovery period that lasts from between one to two weeks for most people. During the recovery period, there are several common things that take time to return to normal. Although the estimate of one to two weeks is typical, it is important to realize that recovery times can vary, and to keep your doctor informed of your healing progress.
Puffiness, Swelling, and Tearing Up
Right after surgery, a patient can expect some swelling and puffiness around the eyes. It is also not unusual for there to be redness and for patients to experience tears in their eyes. Having the correct eye drops prescribed or recommended by your doctor is highly advisable during the recovery period.
Another very helpful item to have handy during post-surgical recovery are cold compresses that can be applied to the eye region. The use of a cold compress is especially beneficial in the first 72 hours after surgery to reduce vasoconstriction and help healing.
Despite the fact that pain and discomfort are fairly minimal after surgery, it is not a bad idea to have painkillers available in the event that you need them. As is the case with all medications, it is important to only use medications prescribed or recommended by your doctor.